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thanks as always. >>> new on "meet the press," panetta gave his confirmation to chuck hagel. >> the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me was that, you know, they talked a lot about past quotes. what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? >> joining me now is democratic senator richard bloomen that will. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> will you vote in favor of the nomination? >> i will vote in favor of chuck hagel. it was a tough, gruelling hearing. but, i believe that on the key question, is he qualified to be the secretary of defense, he established he is a combat veteran who gave his life. clearly a man of statute, cares about men and women in uniform and veterans. on the important questions going forward. he said he has shown that he has the qualifications to guide the department of defense in this very challenging period when budget cutbacks and other challenges are going to be at the forefront. >> yours was one of the more civil direct questionings of chuck hagel. you talked about veteran's issues, prosecuting sec
on "meet the press," panetta gave his confirmation to chuck hagel. >> the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me was that, you know, they talked a lot about past quotes. what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? >> joining me now is democratic senator richard bloomen that will. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> will you vote in favor of the nomination? >> i will vote in favor of chuck hagel. it was a tough, gruelling hearing. but, i believe that on the key question, is he qualified to be the secretary of defense, he established he is a combat veteran who gave his life. clearly a man of statute, cares about men and women in uniform and veterans. on the important questions going forward. he said he has shown that he has the qualifications to guide the department of defense in this very challenging period when budget cutbacks and other challenges are going to be at the forefront. >> yours was one of the more civil direct questionings of chuck hagel. you talked about veteran's issues, prosecuting sec yule assault, classifying them hav
. it's giving way to the next step. committee vote on chuck hagel could come as early as this week. is he a former nebraska senator. coming off that grilling on capitol hill. tonight, new criticism of his performance from both key republicans and democrats, including the president's former press secretary robert gibbs. disconcerting thing for anybody that watched it he seemed unprepared on the questions that quite frankly he knew was coming. >> but members of the obama administration including current defense secretary leon panetta are defending hagel. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey thinks very highly of hagel and confident about his abilities after speaking to him in private. >> i'm not going to grade his homework. i will say in my conversations with him he was well prepared, articulate, concise. >> you are confident that he can do the job? >> i'm not going to speak about confidence. he could be my boss. >> harris: steve centanni live with the news from d.c. right now steve, his supporters trying to stem the tide against hagel, what are they saying? >
senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. >> 12 days later, nothing, nothing has changed. senator hagel's exemplary record of service to his country remains untarnished. >> woodruff: in short, senate majority leader harry reid said, chuck hagel should have been confirmed before the president's day recess. at the time, the senate's 55 democrats could not get the 60 votes needed to end a republican filibuster against fellow republican hagel. democrat dick durbin of illinois condemned the g.o.p. opposition today. >> there's no question that there are some who bear some negative feelings torgd chuck hagel because of his independence and some of his votes in the past, even his support of president obama in the last presidential election. but this has been taken to a level that i never expected. >> woodruff: still mississippi's roger wicker and other republicans charged again that hagel is too willing to compromise with iran. and too willing to criticize israel. >> either we should disregard everything that the senator has said and stood for as merely hyperbole or this is a nom
-span. >> coming up tonight, the senate approved chuck hagel to be that next defense secretary. after that, republican leaders spoke of the upcoming budget cuts, known as a sequestration. president obama is in newport news, virginia and talks about the effects of sequestration would have on them middle-class. -- on the middle class. the senate voted to confirm senator chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the final vote was 58-41 with four republicans joining 52 democrats and two independents in voting aye. next, the 25 minute debate on the senate floor. >> it is now time for us to vote up or down on the nomination for many reasons. the nomination has been before us now inadequate time to get the information which our colleagues have asked for. there is also the looming fact of sequestration. we need to have a secretary of defense who is not only in office, but whose leadership is not in limbo, but is there. our troops need it. their families needed. our country needs it. we have 66,000 military arsenal in harms way in afghanistan. the president of afghanistan has directed the united
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
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, the president wants to replace secretary panetta -- the man he wants to replace panetta with, chuck hagel, is having his confirmation held up. now, can you explain inwhat this is about? what's happened? >> reporter: sure. well, the vote for chuck hagel to be confirmed has to come out of the senate armed services committee, and republicans there have asked mr. hagel for really some intense background questions as to whether or not he has been paid by any company that has dealings with foreign companies in the last five years. they want to have all the records about anything that he's been paid $5,000 or more through speeches or various things over the last few years. karl kevin thoucarl levin thoug the ranking member for 26 years, says this has been unprecedented by republicans. they're really going after all this information because they simply want to delay mr. hagel. he released a letter today that said mr. hagel's nomination will move forward next week. hopefully be voted out of committee. that's what democrats feel. and they held the numbers there, 14-12, so they believe it will go fo
hillary clinton, chuck hagel, leon panetta and now john brennan. are they getting what they want out of this, which is basically to try to put some mud on the president's record? >> absolutely. i think that's been the clear goal. >> i think actually not. if you look particularly at the hearings of chuck hagel and hillary clinton, you see a lot of basically republican free lansing going on. i was surprised at how the lack of collective, thoughtful questioning -- you would have thought that they would have gotten in behind closed doors beforehand and said, what's our line of questioning going to be, what is second kwengs and thoughtful? in fact, that wasn't the case which is why hillary clinton most vividly gave as good as she got and came out on the winning side. i think hagel, given his inconsistencies came away unscarred. i think it's also interesting, most folks may not know this, the suggestion made yesterday by dianne feinstein of having another court look at this stuff, well, she made that suggestion that at the very moment a particular federal judge, who i happen to know is sit
the same conclusion. >>> former senator chuck hagel will have to wait a little longer to find out if he will be the next defense secretary. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay hagel's confirmation vote which was scheduled for this morning. that's because republicans demanded more information. several senators want more detail of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches he's made. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> what could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia, john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser is under scrutiny for using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia or worked in the cia under president h.w. bush. >>> and we're learning more information about the winning powerbal
hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union address. the 41-year-old cuban american lawmaker spoke at last year's republican national convention. he's part of a bipartisan effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. rubio was elected to the senate in 2010. he will now give the gop's rebuttal on tuesday after the presidential address. >>> some rare praise from virginia democrats for the republican speaker of the house. they're commending speaker bill howell for killing a gop redistricting plan. howell ruled that the moment which would have redrawn senate district lines was not relevant to the legislation it was attached to. senate republicans pushed through the redistricting plan on january 21. it was the one day that it had a majority in the senate b
services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> members of the senate intelligence committee will soon learn more about the obama administration's drone program. the white house says the justice department sent classified advice about the program to the senate and house intelligence committee
of this face two moments up on capitol hill. a senate committee may vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator
republican senators delayed the vote on chuck hagel. but today alabama republican richard shelby announced he does intend to vote for former senator hagel. telling an alabama newspaper "he is probably as good as we are are going to get get." the vote of confidence as much as it is should be enough you to get hagel confirmed. a vote is expected next week. >>> if you like sushi chances are you don't even know what you are eating. not just sushi. new word of all kinds of seafood fraud ahead. we will have fish on the set. >>> is your doctor assigning tests and treatments that you don't need from cat scans to pap smears? maybe even an antibuyoutic. we will tell you what they are saying and let you decide if they are right. the medical groups now warn what is happening to you may be doing more large than good. [ male announcer ] susan writes children's books. when she's happy, she writes about bunnies. when she's sad, she writes about goblins. [ balloon pops, goblin growling ] she wrote a lot about goblins after getting burned in the market. but she found someone to talk to and gained the confidenc
at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the country's education bill for two years. they could give every apple employee a $1.7 million bonus. or better yet, give every american a check for $437. >>> back to the real world where hewlett-packard is following in app
hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more degree of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> this morning a northern virginia congressman is defending his support for a bill to legalize marijuana. representative jim moran as well as d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton are two of the several co-sponsors of the measure. it calls for decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and allowing states to regulate it. moran says it's time to reform drug laws, calling enforcement expensive. he says federal taxation could generate upwards of $20 billion a year. >>> today family, friends, and colleagues will pay their final respects to a prince george's county civil rights pioneer. tonight is the viewing for former maryland delegate christine jones. this is happening at the bethlehem baptist church on martin luther king avenue in southeast washington from 7:00 to 9:00 tonight. jones died after rescuers pulled her from her burning
in confirming some of president obama's key appointees. chuck hagel at defense, john brennan at the cia, and now senator mccain saying he is not ready to call it a day on all of this. a congress hearing -- >> then you ought to have your facts straight. >> reporter: after congressional hearing. >> who responsible then? >> reporter: republican senator john mccain challenge, the white house on its response to benghazi. now he is going further on nbc's "meet the press." >> so there are many, many questions and we have had a massive cover-up. >> a cover-up of what? i'm just saying you, a cover-up of what? >> i'll be glad to send you a list of questions that have not been answered. >> reporter: the white house says it's given answers. conducted 20 briefings for congress. officials have testified at ten hearings, answered how queries. it all adds up to 10,000 pages of documents. just last week, mccain himself told cnn recent responses on benghazi were, quote, adequate. so, is this just politics? when we asked mccain's office what other questions the senator still had, we were referred to this january p
of 15 smarts surging president obama to withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. one republican who tid not sign on to the letter is alabama richard shelby who says he will vote to confirm hagel a former republican senator from the nebraska. vote is expected next week. another down day today op wall street. the dow lost 47. the s&p 500 dropped 9-1/2. the nasdaq fell 33. three british muslim extremistextremistwere convictef terrorist bombings that prosecutors said were intended to be bigger that the 2005 london transit attacks. they face life in prison. the u.s. is still not getting a lot of cooperation from the investigation of the latest terror attack against americans. tonight chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us how efforts to question another perp of interest in last fall libya assault are being rejected. >> while the suspect may at firsthand knowledge of the operatives who murdered four americans in benghazi on 9/11, sources tell fox news egypt denied direct access. >> i'm not clear what the basis of the denial was. they like to contr
possible replacement as defense secretary, former nebraska senator chuck hagel. could move one step closer to being confirmed today. the senate armed services committee plans to vote on hagel's nomination today. >>> speak egg of today, right now, lawmakers are meeting to discuss current and potential laws to help reduce gun violence. a senate judiciary subcommittee is holding a hearing to review new proposals as well as looking at the effectiveness of current gun laws. the director of the johns hopkins center for gun policy and research and family members of shooting victims will be among those testifying today. >>> and this morning, the vatican says pope benedict xvi will not participate in the conclave to pick his successor. next month, more than 100 cardinals will meet at the cat v vatican to begin the closed-door ritual to pick. it takes a two-thirds majority to become pope. this morning on the "today" show father robert baron explained what the cardinals will look for when picking a new pope. here's what he had to say about what happens when when they meet to make that choice. >> they
hagel, could be one step closer to being confirmed today. the nomination will be put to a vote. >>> one of panetta's last acts as defense secretary was to extend a list of benefits for same sex spouses and significant others of service members. the perks which were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agencies. >>> this morning, intrigue is building around the world about who will be the next pope. next month more than 100 cardinals will meet at the vatican to begin the closed door ritual called the conclave. 11 c
his remarks on benghazi. do you think hagel's confirmation will go ahead more swiftly that leon panetta has been there to testify? >> one of the requests made by a number of republicans was for a hearing on benghazi. there's a legitimate and urgent concern about protecting our state department personnel, public servants abroad. i recently returned from a trip with senators mccain and graham and others, bipartisan trip, and we saw very directly the potential threats to our state department and other personnel. so i think there is an effort and it's articulated and reflected in today's hearing that this kind of review precede the confirmation of senator hagel. i believe he will be confirmed. that vote will probably be next week in the senate armed services committee where i serve, and i think that there has been little shifting of democratic support and obviously a statement by senator mccain that he would not filibuster it. so i think the chances are very high he will be confirmed. >> one thing that's been pointed to me is general dempsey will acknowledge that the u.s. military d
without a replacement. a confirmation vote for president obama's nominee chuck hagel is expected in the next few days. >>> 18 after the hour now. john brennan is on track to be the next cia director despite -- members of the senate intelligence committee grilled brennan about his defense of unmanned drones to target and kilter roar suspects overseas. that includes u.s. citizens. he told the committee that the obama administration only uses drone strikes when there are no other options. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> pro esters interrupted the hearing several times much the head of the committee, dianne feinstein had capitol police clear the room of all spectators. that hearing later resumed with only senate staff members and reporters there. >>> today comedian stephen colbert will s
us this morning. >> also today in washington, chuck hagel was sworn in this morning as defense secretary in a private ceremony with family members and immediate office staff at the pentagon. he later spoke to folks at the pentagon. we'll show that to you later in our program schedule. the supreme court today heard testimony in a case regarding the voting rights act of 1965. "the new york times" reporting on the oral argument today saying a central provision of that voting rights act could be in peril judging from rough or tough questioning today from the supreme court's more conservative members. they write that the law, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme cou
a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a step closer
from now. plus, the last hurdle for hagel. the senate moves towards a final confirmation vote. secretary of state john kerry in germany. the second stop on his first official foreign trip. on the jaepd of constitutesing the civil war in syria with his counterpart. first, a visit to berlin. bran denberg gate in a town hall with students where kerry defended the freedom of speech. >> in america you have a right to be stupid if you want to be, and you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. we tolerate it. we somehow make it through that. now, i think that's a virtue. i think that's something worth fighting for. >> we celebrate the stupidity. >>> globe trotting. former nba bad boy dennis rodman brings the harlem globetrotters to north korea on a goodwill mission. flamboyant style and all. >> for the first time i think most these guys' first time here, so i hope everything will be okay, and hope the kids will have a good time before the game. >> in north korea the washington generals always win. jaen way, good day. i'm chuck todd live in washington in t
'll have live coverage of the president's speech minutes from now. plus, the last hurdle for hagel. the senate moves towards a final confirmation vote. secretary of state john kerry in germany. the second stop on his first official foreign trip. on the jaepd of constitutesing the civil war in syria with his counterpart. first, a visit to berlin. bran denberg gate in a town hall with students where kerry defended the freedom of speech. >> in america you have a right to be stupid if you want to be, and you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. we tolerate it. we somehow make it through that. now, i think that's a virtue. i think that's something worth fighting for. >> we celebrate the stupidity. >>> globe trotting. former nba bad boy dennis rodman brings the harlem globetrotters to north korea on a goodwill mission. flamboyant style and all. >> for the first time i think most these guys' first time here, so i hope everything will be okay, and hope the kids will have a good time before the game. >> in north korea the washington generals always win. jaen w
as defense secretary until chuck hagel is confirmed by the senate and sworn in by the vice- president. rich joins us from minnesota, and the independent line. caller: 3 parts. -- first of all, i agree with the gentleman from earlier, in reference to this getting stupid with the current war. we are in excess of world war room and one and world war ii together. i would caution america that we are not having wars on words, instead of wars that are actually things. we're getting out of control. number two, as far as the blame, all of them are to blame. we have checks and balances. the executive and legislative branch are both to blame. number three, to answer your question about the sequester, and how it will affect us, yesterday, you guys ran a story for news broadcast of a host have been the sequester meeting. how that would impact the military and stuff like that -- the defense secretary stated that while the sequester is not going to affect me at all, and one of the congressman said, you know, the sequester will affect the rest of the nation, i suggest that affect all of us to. i think it r
was proud of the g.i. bill because we were able to get to world war ii veterans, jim webb and chuck hagel, we got together and we got the boat and passed the bill. that is the way things should work or this country. the objective was not to get jim webb or chuck hagel any credit. the inductive was to do something for the country, -- the objective was to do something for the country on the do something for the people. this kind of attention, this kind of recognition -- much of my life has been about doing everything i can in some way to help veterans and their families, whether it was a program or whatever it was. i'm proud of that. i'm more proud of that than anything else i have been involved in. i'm proud of my background and my career, like all of you are. nothing makes me prouder or has ever made me prouder. to each of you in this room, as of you who are watching this around the world, i say to you, thank you. thank you to you for your service and sacrifices. i will do everything i can. i look forward to working with you. you will always know that you have a secretary of defense that
the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. he's a twice wounded vietnam combat veteran and former nebraska senator. we'll have live coverage of that meeting at 2:45 eastern. if the committee votes and approve the senate nomination, harry reid said he'd like a full senate vote either wednesday or thursday. the armed services committee met this morning to look at the upcoming sequester. those automatic defense cuts set to happen march 1. and they heard from among others the chairman or the joint chiefs of the -- the chief of staff of the army, general ray odierno. >> the fiscal outlook, which the army faces in fiscal year threen and to my hodge -- 2013 and to my knowledge is dire and unprecedented. by the budget control act of 2011, the combination of the continuing resolution, a shortfall -- excuse me -- the -- a shortfall in overseas contingency operation funds for afghanistan and the sequester in fiscal year 2013 has resulted in a $17 billion to $18 billion shortfall to the army's operation and maintenance accounts. as well as an additional $6 billion cut to other programs. all o
secretary leon panetta. i believe it's over at the pentagon and of course chuck hagel taking his place pretty soon. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] >> good morning, everybody. great to see you today on a friday, friday february 8th. thanks so much for joining us here on the "full-court press," coming to you life on current tv, all across this great land of ours. what we are going to do is bring you up to date on the big stories of the day here from our nation's capitol. >> that's where you will find us, right on capitol hill, or around the country, around the globe, wherever it's happening, whatever is meaningful, whatever is news of the day. we will tell you all about and take your calls at 866-55-press of the a few of the things we'll cover, john brennan grilled by members of the committee ron wyden will be here to tell us about it. not sooner had ray lewis resigned than his son signed up. we will talk to cindy boren from the washington post and how much trouble is bob men endez in? mellony sloan for citizens for responsibilities and ethics in
his successor is confirmed. president obama has nominated former senator chuck hagel to be his replacement. this is half an hour. [applause] >> halt. present. halt. ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light snule what so -- what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star spangled banner yet wave oaer the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, the director of administration and management, mr. michael rhodes. >> well, welcome, everybody. thank you very much for being here today. as we have an opportunity for the secretary's farewell address to the pentagon community. from the most senior to the most junior individual out here, you represent one team. one focus. and that is the common defense of this nation. i'd be remiss if i didn't thank all those that were inv
friend, chuck hagel, the nominee for defense secretary, last week, and this week, yesterday, in that hearing was leon panetta and chairman of the joint chiefs, he went after them pretty tough, too. a lot of issues here, benghazi, aid to the rebels in syria, the drone strikes and enhanced interrogation as you mentioned the whole immigration reform issue. lots to talk to john mccain about. >> the interesting thing, we seem to be at a fairly critical time as we get the new secretaries come in, secretary kerry, of course, as well, and some real burning issues overseas that don't seem to go away. >> well, absolutely. and you know, you have all this in the middle east, we used to be able rely on a few friendly dictators, frankly. now you have the arab spring, al-qaida affiliates in africa. 60,000 people killed in syria. so it is a very dangerous, very tense time. of course iran continuing with its nuclear program. >> chris, good to see you as always. we look forward to the show. >> you bet. >> want to let you know you can catch fox news sunday at 9:00 sunday morning right after fo
-span.org. these are the last few days of his tenure. president obama has nominated former nebraska senator chuck hagel to replace him. tomorrow, the senate intelligence committee will be holding a confirmation hearing for cia director john brennan. he was an advisor on president obama's 2008 campaign as a cia analyst. in his life tomorrow starting at 2:30 p.m. eastern. it will be on c-span. >> if you go back to the text that you had in high school, i bet that in your american history textbooks, if you go to the index, you will find no mention of this. if you go to your biology book, you would find no mention of the word eugenics. great chess books, but i didn't see any mention of eugenics. it is as if because we, meaning scientists, no longer believe in eugenics, we don't have to think about it. it is as if we historians, because we know that eugenics was awful, we can pretend it was not part of our culture. eugenics part of american history saturday night on american history tv. >> what i have discovered as i have gotten older and more mature is that the war strategy to achieve happiness in life is t
hagel. and since we are now just weeks away from the automatic cuts to federal spending, including defense, let me say this -- there is no reason, no reason for that to happen, putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach, not massive indiscriminate cuts that could have a severe impact on our military preparedness. so here today for the sake of our prosperity, for the sake of all these men and women in uniform, and all their brothers and sisters in uniform that they represent, now is the time to act, for democrats and republicans to come together in the same spirit that leon panetta always brought to public service, solving problems, not trying to score points, doing right for the country, not for any particular political agenda. sustaining our economic recovery, balancing budgets, leon knows something about it, but also maintaining the finest military in history. leon, this too will be part of your legacy, for no one has raised their voices firmly or as forcefully on behalf of our trips as you have. you have served with integrity and decency, and grace. you are
been innuendos that senator hagel was trying to hide something. for instance, senator hagel has served with a number of distinguished vehicles --we have a senator suggested that in the evidence -- without any evidence that the fees he received for his services aimed directly from saudi arabia and or north korea. another senator suggested that we should postpone a vote on a nomination because fox news was going to run a story tomorrow regarding some speeches that were made and paid for by foreign governments that may not be friendly to us. that story died before it was aired. it was apparently based on a hoax. these are unfair innuendos. they have been answered. you know they are unfair. senator hagel has an extensive record of service to his country. as a young man, he enlisted in the army, served with distinction in vietnam, he served as the deputy administrator of the va during the reagan administration, he was a businessman. many of are bit him during his two terms in that u.s. senate eerie decency left, he has continued to serve -- many of them served with him during his two terms
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